Naturopathic Medicine is an alternative medical system that integrates traditional, natural therapies with modern medical diagnostic science and standard of care. It concentrates on whole-patient wellness and attempts to find the underlying cause of a patient’s condition rather than focusing solely on symptomatic treatment. Its emphasis is on prevention, self-care and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods that encourage our self-healing process.
Naturopathic medicine utilizes the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies to treat illness and to promote wellness by viewing the body as an integrated whole. Naturopathic doctors cooperate with all other branches of medicine referring patients to other practitioners for diagnosis and treatment when appropriate. For people who want a board certified holistic doctor yet specifically trained in conventional and alternative medicine therapies and treatments, naturopathic doctors provide a marvelous option. Naturopathic medicine can treat almost every health condition including but not limited to the following:
The healing power of nature is your body’s innate ability to restore health. A Naturopathic doctor aims to restore and support this healing process by using therapies in harmony with natural processes. When the body is provided with essential tools to restore itself, time and nature run their course.
A Naturopathic doctor seeks the cause, rather than to suppress or simply treat the symptoms. A complete recovery is not possible without finding the underlying cause of any disease.
A naturopathic doctor’s first goal is to use treatments that are highly effective but minimally aggressive, least invasive and least toxic while leading the patient to optimal health. The goal is to minimize the risk of harmful side-effects. Methods designed to suppress symptoms without addressing the underlying cause are considered to be more harmful than beneficial
Health and disease result from a complex interaction of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, genetic, environmental and social factors. Disease and symptoms occur when these systems are stressed beyond capacity. A naturopathic doctor must treat the whole person by taking all these factors into account when designing and individualizing comprehensive treatment options.
Doctor translates to teacher. A doctor’s duty is to encourage and empower each patient to take responsibility of his own health. The patient-doctor relationship is very important in the success of achieving optimal health.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Benjamin Franklin.
The prevention of disease and the attainment of optimal health in patients are primary objectives of naturopathic medicine. A naturopathic doctor assesses risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and makes appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to avoid further harm and risk to the patient as well as prevent illness.